On the Brink: Biden Considers Concessions to Russia as Putin Threatens to Invade Ukraine
The U.S. reportedly is ready to discuss a deal limiting future missile deployments in Ukraine and pulling back on NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe, if Russia will back off on Ukraine.
The U.S. began talks with the Russians in Geneva, Switzerland today as tens of thousands of Russian troops remain camped on Ukraine’s border, ready to invade.
But Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking Sunday on ABC, did not sound hopeful about achieving success in the talks, at least right away.
“I don’t think we are going to see any breakthroughs (this) week. We’re going to listen to their concerns, they’ll listen to our concerns and we’ll see if there are grounds for progress. But to make actual progress, it’s very hard to see that happening when there’s an ongoing escalation,” Blinken said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants guarantees that Ukraine will not be allowed into NATO and that NATO will pull back from former Soviet states.
Russian officials say former Secretary of State James Baker made this promise to them at the end of the Cold War.
The U.S. says that’s not true.